Best Ever Brownies & a Giveaway

Disclosure: I received a copy of “Comfort Food Made Easy” and a container of LouAna coconut oil at no cost to me, for review. All opinions are 100% my own.


Goodness. Brownies are a weakness of mine. Warm, slightly under-done brownies…I have no willpower. None. And sadly, brownies are a baked good that whips up super quickly. No need for a mixer…just a large bowl and a whisk. It’s too easy.

Southern Living recently came out with “Comfort Food Made Easy”, which simplifies your favorite comforting dishes. It makes comfort food, which usually takes a good time to cook, easily accessible to cooks with little time to spare in the kitchen. While there were quite a few heavy dishes in there (like macaroni and cheese), there were also quite a few lightened comfort recipes in there for the summer! It’s a really versatile book.

I immediately skimmed through my copy, and my eyes were just drawn to this recipe for the “Best Ever Brownies”. I mean…that’s a big claim, so I had to try it out!

These brownies whipped together rather quickly, and they were just a great recipe. Super fudgy, rich and so tasty. I brought a pan of these to work, and they were gone by 10am. Brownies for breakfast, anyone?

Along with the cookbook, I was sent some coconut oil by LouAna to try. I slightly adapted this recipe by using some coconut oil instead of butter, and oh my gosh…why don’t I use this more often? I’m hooked! I’m definitely going to try this in cooking/baking more often.

Best Ever Brownies
Source: adapted from Southern Living’s “Comfort Food Made Easy”


  • 8 oz. unsweetened chocolate baking squares, chopped
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1 cup coconut oil
  • 4 cups sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1 tbsp. + 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 1 tbsp. vanilla extract


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9×13 inch pan with parchment paper or aluminum foil, with a few extra inches on the side to allow for easy lifting. Lightly spray the inside of the pan with baking spray.
  2. Place the chocolate, butter and coconut oil in a large bowl, and microwave it in 30 second increments, stirring/whisking well after each microwave cycle, until it has melted into a chocolate sauce. Cool the chocolate mixture for about 10 minutes before making the brownie batter.
  3. To make the batter, stir in the sugar until well incorporated. Add in the flour, eggs, salt and vanilla extract, mixing until just mixed. Pour the batter into the brownie pan, and spread the batter evenly in the pan with a spatula.
  4. Bake the brownies for 45-55 minutes (this is a much longer time than the book designates, but I didn’t want the brownies to be too gooey), until set and a knife inserted in them middle comes out with a few crumbs. Allow the brownies to fully cool in the pan. Enjoy!


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  1. Heather says:

    I want Mac and Cheese simplified! I can’t ever seem to get it right!

  2. Carla S says:

    I would love to see red rice simplified.

  3. Kate F says:

    Shrimp & Grits! Ok, its already pretty simple but dammit I just can’t get my grits right EVER!

  4. Mmm, good ole mac n’ cheese would be awesome to see simplified!

  5. I third the mac n cheese! Any time I try to lighten it up it comes out funky!

  6. Chelai J. says:

    I’d like to see pie. I just love pie so any pies that don’t have cool whip as a base would be up my alley.

  7. Melinda says:

    Pimiento Cheese

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